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Showing Your Abilities


By Barbara Palmer

Employment for individuals with disabilities is the focus in October when we celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month. A top priority for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is helping people with developmental disabilities find meaningful jobs.


Emergency Operations Center


The state of Florida recently experienced a historic event that will forever be remembered as “Irma.” Not often does an event have such statewide impact as Hurricane Irma did on those who reside in Florida.

National Task Group (NTG) Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia Training


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Elder Affairs are pleased to present the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training on October 23-25, 2017, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Rish Park Enhancements


Beautiful William J. Rish Recreational Park on Cape San Blas in Gulf County has a new bayside boardwalk and ramp down to St. Joseph Bay.


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The Great Employee at Goodwill–Aaron Addington’s Workplace Success


If you don’t see Aaron Addington bicycling around Sarasota or spending time at his church, you will find him working at Goodwill Industries. Addington has worked part-time at Goodwill for almost four years.


Sunland Fall Festival


Sunland Center’s 39th Annual Fall Festival will be celebrated on the last Saturday in October, October 28, on the Sunland campus in Marianna. All the planning is underway for another fabulous celebration.


Around the State


Sunland’s “Scarecrow Row Contest”


Sunland Center has something to crow about! The Center was abuzz during the month of September, with staff and residents gearing up for the Center’s first-ever ‘Scarecrow Row’ Contest.

Save the Date WSCs


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a Waiver Support Coordinator meeting in Orlando on November 17. The meeting will include topics important to WSCs.

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